Interim UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan has claimed that he will “kill” fellow titleholder, Aljamain Sterling this weekend at UFC 273 in Jacksonville, Florida – labelling his arch-rival a “chicken” to boot.
Petr Yan, a native of Dudinka, initially met with Sterling in the first of a championship tripleheader at UFC 259 back in March of last year, suffering a disqualification loss to the Uniondale native due to a fourth round illegal knee – dropping his championship title as a result.
In the time since, however, Yan captured the interim bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over common opposition, Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 back in October in Abu Dhabi, UAE on ‘Fight Island’.
Yan was initially scheduled to meet with Sterling at the event in a title rematch, however, invasive neck surgery for Sterling following their first pairing ruled him from the bout eventually, after he failed to obtain medical clearance to compete.
Speaking on his monstrous title unification rematch with Sterling this weekend in the ‘Sunshine State’ – Yan claimed that Sterling would not be able to “cry” this time around, insisting that he would “kill” him, labelling him a “chicken”.
“I’ll kill him (Aljamain Sterling) Saturday,” Petr Yan said on The MMA Hour. “If we will talk with the chicken, we call Sterling. I kill him, yes. It will (be) better how (it) was last time.”
“Last time, he cry,” Petr Yan continued. “After this fight, he don’t cry, he will sleep.”
Before his championship loss to Sterling, Yan had embarked on a promotional perfect run of five straight victories, including wins over both former WEC featherweight titleholder, Urijah Faber, and in a vacant title offing, stopped former UFC featherweight king, Jose Aldo with eventual fifth round ground strikes.
Petr Yan remains a distinct betting favorite over Aljamain Sterling
As far as the betting lines sit for the upcoming title unification pairing between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, the interim titleholder is considered the consensus favorite – with bookies offering sizeable minus lines on the 29-year-old Russian, likely given the one-sided nature of their first clash a year prior.